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First: Pray it out. For whatever reason, people often pray AFTER they have tried a bunch of things. I recommend praying FIRST and tapping into the wisdom of God to guide you to your solution. Your solution AND peace will come so much faster if you develop this discipline.
Second: Offer up a sacrifice of thanksgiving and praise. The LAST thing you want to do is praise when you are facing disappointments, frustration, and stress. It’s easy to get angry, bitter, and fall into self-pity when we have to face problems we don’t want to deal with. This is why the bible words it as a SACRIFICE of praise. You have to sacrifice your own feelings and look at the positive.
My boyfriend had to remind me of the positive in the inconvenience. I’m learning a new skill, I was made aware of a problem that I could resolve with one patient person, rather than 100 angry people. This issue involved trouble with my online store- I had a customer who wanted to purchase something from me- and they were willing to patiently wait while I resolved the glitches. That’s a blessing.
Write down a list of your blessings in the midst of your disappointment and frustrations. Bringing to mind all that you have can begin to alleviate the negative emotions you are experiencing. Take a walk, work out, listen to positive/inspirational content, take a nap, etc.
Third: Call on your trusted friends. Sometimes we still feel icky after we have prayed and did our best to give thanks and praise. Calling and reaching out to a loved one that is good at supporting, listening and comforting us is important in this time. Just knowing you are not alone and that you have people that love you and are supporting you can be enough to pull you out of your pit of despair or self-pity. These are people that should remind you of the good in your life and be able to offer sound solutions.
Fourth: Watch your words. This is something that I myself am in the process of improving on. When I’m emotional and distraught about a situation that is not going the way I want it to I can speak a whole lot of the wrong things. Taking the time to speak the situation different- according to the outcome you desire yields great results. Are you financially struggling right now? Ask yourself how often you are saying these things: “I’m broke, I don’t have any money, I can’t afford to do anything I want, etc. “
By you repeatedly stating that, you repeatedly get that. Scriptures say “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” If you are doing your part to change your financial situation around so you have savings and you can afford to do the things you want to you might want to check what comes out of your mouth. Are you following the Bible on financial management? Are you trusting that God’s word says “The Lord delights in the Prosperity of His servant” and “My needs shall be supplied according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus”? Start speaking the scriptures over your situation and continue to be faithful in your efforts to change and see the harvest you will surely reap- in due season.
Fifth: Take action. Start taking action steps to solve the problem- one baby step at a time. The calmer you are, the more ground you can cover. If you start taking action in the height of your emotions- any more problems and obstacles you may encounter when you are trying to solve a problem may only stress you out further.
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